Booms, Bungs and Bonobos

At five metres tall, Headbutt (Coup de tête) assumes the colossal scale usually reserved for Soviet monuments, Greek gods and dictators. The bronze sculpture depicts the moment, witnessed by hundreds of millions of incredulous spectators, Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi in the chest during the 2006 World Cup final. Adel Abdessemed’s sculpture was described as…… Continue reading Booms, Bungs and Bonobos


My father was a man, my mother was a woman. My dog was “a domesticated carnivorous mammal” with “a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractile claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice”. My house was “a building for human habitation”; it had walls, floors, doors, windows, a roof. Visitors said it was…… Continue reading Obituary


The 100-step quest to say nothing continues, in the form of a paragraph, which charts the dramatic twists and turns of ostensibly saying something, which leads, perforce, to a position, since it will be perceived as such, inevitably inviting opposition, some of which will assume a loftier position, such as “his prose, while impressive, suffers…… Continue reading Paragraph